For a little over a year, I’ve been working on a documentary on war veterans and I’m excited to say it’s just about ready for primetime. The documentary project will be in two parts: a semi-traditional documentary and a companion book.
I call it a semi-traditional documentary for two reasons. In a more traditional documentary, I would have picked a veteran from each major conflict and weaved a single story from those six stories. Instead, I chose to take individual comments and stories from most of the veterans I interviewed and combined them into a single piece. In all, there are 36 individual voices in the documentary. They cover every major conflict and some of the smaller conflicts and peace-keeping missions like Kosovo, Somalia,Grenada and Haiti.
The stories cover a number of different topics including their reason for enlisting, emotions of leaving for war, losing friends, getting wounded and the comradery that comes with serving.
I’ve posted excerpts of several different veterans speaking on this blog. You can see several of them: